UEC permits early canvassing for 2015 elections

The Union Election Commission has permitted political to begin canvassing early for the 2015 general elections, said Thaung Hlaing, director of the UEC’s office, to The Daily Eleven on January 6. The UEC agreed with the political parties canvassing should begin after they have nominated their candidates to be fielded in the 2015 general elections. The canvassing period will be a two months long. Political parties wishing to carry out canvassing campaigns at their headquarters and branch offices are to report their canvassing venues to a sub-commission office. If they choose other places to carry out their canvassing campaigns, they will need an official permission from local authorities.“If a political party wishes to carry out a canvass campaign at a private home, it must seek permission from the administrators of the quarter and the township. Then it will inform this  situation to the relevant sub-commission office. If the party wants to canvass on a sports ground, it will follow the peaceful assembly and procession laws,” said Thaung Hlaing.The UEC issued an announcement on December 30 saying that the 2015 general elections will be held at the end of October or in early November.